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HCL to double workforce in smaller towns; allow staff in larger cities to move back to hometowns

Source | | Surabhi Agarwal, ET Bureau

NEW DELHI: HCL Technologies NSE 0.28 % is planning to double its headcount in its centres in smaller towns such as Lucknow, Nagpur, Madurai and Vijayawada over the next two-three years, a top official of the company said. These centres already have close to 10,000 people and chief executive C Vijayakumar told ET in a recent interview that the capacity expansion will be a mix of both existing employees moving back to their hometowns along with fresh hiring.

“In the light of COVID-19, we have been able to leverage some of these locations very well to tide over local pandemic flare ups. So having more people in smaller locations have been very helpful.” Vijayakumar added that a lot of employees felt safer being in their hometowns and close to their families which is a positive aspect for the company.

The country’s third largest software services company HCL had embarked on this strategy of opening large campuses in mini-metros towns in 2016 with an aim to stem attrition and bring more stability to its operations. While the first centres came up in the cities of Nagpur and Lucknow, Madurai followed soon with a centre in Vijayawada opening last year.

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